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Tuks looking to go all the way against WSU

High-flying FNB UP-Tuks are aiming to complete a double against FNB WSU in the second semi-final of the 2024 FNB Varsity Shield competition on Friday 19 April. Kick-off is at 15:00. 


When the two teams met earlier in the season in round 3, Tuks were victorious (40-17). Coach Dewey Swartbooi however believes the scoreline did not reflect how difficult it was for his side travelling to the Eastern Cape. This time they are ready to welcome WSU to Pretoria. 


“It’s going to be a tough, hard game … the Eastern Cape boys are very physical. In the group phase, they were one of the teams that gave us a run for our money. We need to just keep focusing on our processes and basics. 


“My boys are still a bit sore you know but they will be ready come Friday, after it is a semi-final and our approach the whole year has been ‘every game is a final’. Unfortunately, our scrumhalf Daimon O’Connell got injured because he is a crucial part of our squad make up so that is the only change.” 


With the exceptional season the Stripe Generation has had so far being the only unbeaten team, in-form outside flanker Cayno February says there is still room to improve. 


“I love playing in this competition, it brought my love for the game back. I get a lot of opportunities to showcase my talent. I’ve also grown so much confidence in this competition. Rugby has changed my life in so many ways, especially discipline and hard work.” 


February, who has also seen some action for the Bulls U21 side, says they have not been tested enough. 


“It was tough playing WSU in front of their home crowd, but we still walked away with the victory. This game will be on our home field, and we will focus on our plans. We will not give away sloppy penalties and will be accurate.” 



by Lehlogonolo Ditshego 

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